Your bridal bouquet and wedding flowers are a once-in-a-lifetime accessory and the photos of your nuptials and blooms will decorate your home for years to come. So whether it’s a show-stopping flower wall, or a simple posy, read on for tips on organising your wedding flowers (and see loads of beautiful floral inspiration below).
Flowers part of this Garden-Inspired Rotorua Wedding
To organise your wedding flowers, keep these tips in mind:
1. How important are your Wedding Flowers (as part of the bigger picture?)
How highly are your wedding flowers prioritised are in the scheme of your entire day. When you started planning and budgeted, were flowers one of your key-spends, or a small accessory? Wedding flowers can be simple or elaborate, but either way they should be personal and uniquely designed for the bride’s needs. As a guide, you might spend only $300-$500 on bouquets just for the wedding party. You might then allocate a larger percentage of the budget to create a beautiful floral ceremonial/reception space.
2. Choose a Wedding Florist willing to work with any budget
Whether flowers are to be a small, but beautiful, accessory to your and your bridesmaids’ attire, or if you’re turning the venue into the Botanical gardens, discuss your budget with your florist early on and ensure to keep your expectations realistic. Time is money, so a simply-designed bouquet will be less expensive too. Take photos along to your meeting to give your florist an idea of what you’d like to achieve.
3. Seasonal, local flowers are best for you, the budget, and the planet
An experienced florist will know what’s going to be in-season for your wedding, and what can be sourced locally, which will save on travel costs (and time, which can prolong the flowers’ life too) while being better for the planet too. Some flowers aren’t available year-round (or are very expensive), but if your favourite flower is one of those, consider having it in your bridal bouquet only. Less expensive ones can be used for the bridesmaids and overall decor.
4. Make your flowers work a double-shift
An experienced florist will be able to advise on where you can save money, designing your flowers to do double-duty as both accessories for the ceremony, and decor for the reception. If you’re having the ceremony in a church or outside in a garden, have aisle-runners and have other entrance displays moved to the reception venue later. Altar pieces can also be moved to the bridal table, or repurposed as part of a photo backdrop, while wedding party bouquets can be centrepieces.
5. Get creative with your Wedding Flowers to help your Budget
You can save on your bridesmaids’ flowers by having a single bloom or small posy, rather than a large bouquet.
Beautiful flowers don’t need to sit in expensive vases – let the flowers do the work, and use cheaper glasses, jars or ceramic containers on the tables (hiring vases might be cheaper).
Spend wisely: Entrance flowers may be only seen once and briefly, so save the larger expensive arrangements for things like table-settings, where guests spend long periods of the evening.
Good positioning and inexpensive foliage can create the look of more flowers than you actually have.
6. Choose your Wedding Attire before deciding on Floral Style
It’s easier to choose the bridal bouquet once the dress or other attire has been selected, as the colour and style of the wedding gown will need to be balanced against the bouquet. Your florist will design a bouquet that will complement the shape, shade and detail of the dress, so as to ensure a consistent style.
– If the features of the dress are on the skirt, the look should be balanced by a rounder rather than a trailing bouquet, that doesn’t compete for attention.
– If the detail is on the back, such as a dramatic train or low-backed dress, you could have a larger, trailing or bright bouquet without overwhelming the gown.
– Especially when choosing a white or ivory flower to go against a white or ivory dress, you either want a perfect match or a contrasting shade – there are many different types of ‘white’. Take a fabric swatch to your florist when you can.
– Think about your own shape, and where you want to the eye to go. If your waist is your best asset, don’t block it with a huge bouquet.
Wedding trend: Long ribbons on bouquets
7. Finishing touches – how will you tie your Wedding Bouquet?
You’ll be holding your bouquet for much of the day, so do consider what’s going to be comfortable to hold (if you have small hands you won’t want a large stem to hold) and if you’re petite, something large and uncomfortable will look awkward. You might also want to incorporate a personal touch into the bouquet, such as a family brooch, a locket or a picture of a loved-one who can’t be there. You could also bring your own ribbon, or use a piece of fabric with a special significance to you (part of your Mother’s wedding dress, for instance). Long ribbons on wedding bouquets look beautiful too.
8. Before you walk down the Aisle
Practice holding your bouquet. If you’re walking nervously down the aisle, you might be inclined to hold the flowers high like a microphone, and lift your shoulders, which won’t make for nice photos. Try to keep your shoulders relaxed and your bouquet low.
9. Do you wish to preserve your Bouquet?
Many couples now have their bouquet dried or framed, to keep it forever, This is something to organise in advance – and of course, you are not to toss the beautiful thing!
Real Wedding Inspiration (tap through to see how the wedding flowers tie into the rest of the decor. Make notes of all you love in your wedding planner book, and take swatches, sketches and photos to your florist to discuss.
Colourful mixed blooms at this Pacifica inspired wedding with Tongan cultural elements.
Classic white and blush roses at this Vintage Glam Auckland Wedding
Big blooms and eucalyptus at this Lake Tekapo Woolshed Wedding
A small posy attached to a floral crown at Sophie & Michael’s Coastal Chic Wedding.